Pretty morning here in the central (we think) lllinois city of Galesburg where we stopped for what turned out to be excellent coffee and apricot Danish at Innkeeper’s coffee. Art Deco exterior, stamped tin roof and sunny nouveau Mediterranean vibe inside. we walked a little down Main Street, deserted at 9:30 am and clearly trying to hold on with lots of old storefronts with great tile work, masonry, stained glass, copper…some empty, some with antique stores, remnants of an industrial past. Drove briefly past the Knox college campus, circa 1837, site of one of the Lincoln Douglas debates (or elsewhere in Galesburg…also home poet Carl Sandburg.)
last night we we had a disappointing tapas dinner at devotay in Iowa city. Mediocre food, small overpriced portions, lacadaisal service. Oh well.stayed at drab comfort Inn (we get a discount) at the edge of the quad cities airport in Moline. Our view was of an identical hotel (apparently a best western). On to champaign to visit emma and rocket.